Having been born in 1951, I’m part of the Baby Boomer generation who realized that our consumer culture had created a serious threat to the health of our natural environment. In the early 1970’s, as part of my contribution to the healing of the planet, I started separating my glass, metal, and cardboard refuse out from the rest of my garbage, and carting it to a recycling station (incidentally, glass had to be separated into green, brown, & clear). In those days, in Connecticut, recycling stations consisted of a series of cement alleyways; I’d stand at the open end of the alley & hurl bottles toward the cement wall at the closed end. For some reason, the sound of the smashing glass was always satisfying to me. Later, when municipalities developed recycling programs and citizens were provided with bins to fill and put out at the curb, I was very grateful for the convenience (even though I missed smashing the bottles). I can truthfully say that I’ve been a recycler all of my adult life. When agencies began offering money for beverage containers, I interpreted it as a bonus ~ how fortunate for us that we can receive our bottle & can deposit money back! I’m a big believer in win-win situations, and I consider the fact that recycling centers also provide employment to be yet another constructive contribution to our society. I’m also aware that CRV redemption provides necessary income to those who are less fortunate than I. I’m proud of California’s neighborhood recycling infrastructure, and it concerns me to learn that 957 centers have closed since 2013. I would be greatly distressed if the RePlanet Center in Nipomo were to close, both on my behalf, and on behalf of the employees who work there, providing what I consider to be an essential public service.